TikTookay ban lifted in New Caledonia | EUROtoday

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TikTookay is as soon as once more accessible in all places in France. “To follow the end of the state of emergency measures on the territory [néo-calédonien] since Tuesday May 28, 2024, the ban on the TikTok platform has been lifted »announced the High Commission of the Republic in a press release on Wednesday.

This measure, unprecedented in a state of law, was taken by the government after the proclamation of the state of emergency on Wednesday May 15. The government then considered that the Chinese social network ByteDance, very popular among young people, was one of the preferred vectors of communication between groups who committed violence at night.

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This ban also came against a backdrop of fears of interference and disinformation on social networks from foreign countries seeking to fuel tensions. “It's not a fantasy, it's a realitysaid on France 2, Thursday May 16, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin. I regret that some of the Caledonian independence leaders made a deal with Azerbaijan, that is indisputable. This gives an idea of ​​what democracy is sometimes like, if we listened to certain leaders. »

Thursday May 23, the Council of State, the highest French administrative court, confirmed the blocking of the social network taking into account the “limited and temporary nature of the measure” blocking, in addition to “the public interest in restoring security”, in accordance with the choice of which Agence France-Presse (AFP) had a replica. He additionally notes that “other social networks and media remain accessible”.

The Council of State additionally rejected the candidates' request ” for emergency failure “. The Human Rights League, the Quadrature du Net affiliation and three residents of New Caledonia filed an enchantment for interim reduction on Friday, May 17, contemplating that this blockage was a severe assault on the freedoms of communication and knowledge.

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If the state of emergency was lifted on Tuesday May 28, the High Commission of the Republic emphasised in its press launch that “measures prohibiting gatherings, the sale and transport of weapons and the sale of alcohol in addition to the curfew from 6 p.m. to six a.m. (…) are maintained all through the territory. »

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